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#1 Kimbalou

 
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 02:48 PM

I donated blood yesterday. I was anemic last time, so I couldn't donate. This time my hemoglobin was 12.8...which is still a little low. I think they require it to be at least 12.5. Today I feel exhausted. I am pretty sure it's from donating. I like donating because I know the American Red Cross is always needing donors and I have a rare blood type. Does anyone here donate blood routinely? i don't think I can do it very often due to a low hgb....and the exhaustion that follows.
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 02:49 PM

Also, I take iron and vitamin supplements
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:01 PM

I used to, but then couldn't when I became anemic. I did once, post-everything-fixed, but the guy did such a horrible job at the needle stick I haven't been back. My iron was back up to normal for me, and I didn't really feel all that tired.
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:19 PM

I use to donate blood fairly regular, but I got a letter from Red Cross not to donate again back in 1994.. They went on to say they had destroyed my last 3 donations... My Doc couldn't figure out any issue other then a high liver enzyne count... In 09 I was diagnosed with DH and went gluten-free... All Liver Function tests are normal now.. Several months back I tried to contact Red Cross several times about donating again... Each time I ended up on Hold for 30 plus minutes and then click before I could even talk to a person... Looks like I'm a retired donor...
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:31 PM

The first time I donated, I fainted afterwards. Embarrassing.

I tried to donate a few years ago and because I was anemic, they turned me down. :(

I will try again, in time, but I have "lousy veins" and the phlebotomist always starts to sweat when she cannot get the stick just right at first or the second time or the third.....
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 04:20 PM

Sometimes I would fail the anemia test. When I did donate, I still found it very draining. After I almost passed out after one donation the Red Cross suggested I stop because it was harder on me than they preferred to see.
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 04:57 PM

I felt fine right afterward. I have good veins. But today I am exhausted and I know it's from the donation. I will probably only donate twice a year...they call me every 3 months lately...feels like an annoying salesman sometimes. :(
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 05:50 PM

I have donated blood, actually only after going gluten free. I did feel weak the next day the first couple times. And still a little now. But I put up with it. Are you making sure to stay hydrated (both before and after) and eating well? Those are important.
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 06:15 AM

I've been turned down more times for being anemic than I can count. The exhaustion after donating is just too much right now. I always have had some one to drive me home after donation too, just in case I pass out.
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 06:23 AM

I've donated a few times. I kept getting turned away for a while, have been thinking about going again now that I've been suplementing for a while with iron. My veins are so easy I could probably do the needle myself. It does leave me dizzy for a day or two. I don't mind so much. i just plan ahead for when I'll have a few days of downtime.
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Posted 28 April 2012 - 05:49 AM

I wonder if there is any chance of people becoming celiac by using our blood? We would have the trained antibodies to gluten in our blood, and it seems like it would not be impossible for those to influence a persons own antibodies in the celiac direction. Just curious if anyone has heard or read anything about this. Could we spread celiac through blood?
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Posted 28 April 2012 - 06:06 AM

I wonder if there is any chance of people becoming celiac by using our blood?


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ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!

Celiac is not communicable via blood transfusions.


Univ. of Maryland Center for Celiac Research states this emphatically on their website.
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Posted 28 April 2012 - 07:41 AM

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ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!

Celiac is not communicable via blood transfusions.


Univ. of Maryland Center for Celiac Research states this emphatically on their website.

But can blood donated from a person that ate gluten cause a reaction in one with Celiac/DH ???
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Posted 28 April 2012 - 09:59 AM

But can blood donated from a person that ate gluten cause a reaction in one with Celiac/DH ???


I don't possibly see HOW? :blink:
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Posted 28 April 2012 - 11:16 AM

But can blood donated from a person that ate gluten cause a reaction in one with Celiac/DH ???


That's why it gets digested and metabolized before entering the blood stream. :)
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